Great footage from 1930s of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in every phase of construction. Stock shots of completed bridge; informative narration; explanative illustrations illuminate bridges dimensions and other structural aspects of design.
Producer Bethlehem SteelSponsor Golden Gate Bridge DistrictAudio/Visual sound, color
05:01:00:13 VS statue of Joseph Strauss, Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge in front of Golden Gate Bridge.
05:02:22:26 Graphic illustration in red and white of San Francisco Bay area animated to highlight San Francisco, Marin and the Golden Gate passage. Narration explains necessity for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.
05:02:59:10 Illustration animated to highlight dimensions of the Golden Gate Bridge. Center span tower to tower 4200 feet. Side-spans each 1125 feet. Roadway 250 above water.
05:06:42:18 Pan up rendering of single Golden Gate Bridge Tower; arrows indicated dimension of tower.
05:07:57:23 VS craning in large steel sections of the Golden Gate bridge off boat in San Francisco Bay.
05:26:10:08 Pan down from north tower of Golden Gate Bridge to view down empty newly completed bridge; fade in spinning newspaper to CU San Francisco Chronicle headlines “100,000 Cross Span”, “Gateway to An Empire”, Pedestrians Jam Structure from Morning to Night.”
05:26:24:29 VS Golden Gate Bridge inauguration and ceremonial first crossing.
November 24, 2012
Don't know why Spuzz gave this only 3 stars. This is an important historical document. A hundred years from now our descendants, if there are any, may be wondering how that thing was built and by who? Today we take the Bridge for granted, but we hadn't ought to. I give it 5 stars for documentary value; it's also a well made film.
November 23, 2012
I left my girder..
Great film that shows how the bridge was built, piece by piece, girder by girder across the Golden Gate. Very interesting and informative, the piece never drags, and although it's a bit of a Bethlehem Steel love fest, it's well deserving, since they've put and installed that much steel into the thing.